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Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty; 20.2.1988) is the first female from Barbados to have received a Grammy Award and is currently signed to the Def Jam Recordings record label. She was presented with an area of land in Appes Hill, St. James, Barbados, in a tribute to her work.
Net worth: Rihanna's earnings are $160 million according to Celebrity Net Worth as of 2016.
Rihanna's Childhood Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna is the daughter of Ronald Fenty (of African and Irish descent) and Monica Fenty, who has a Guyanese ancestry. In Combermere Schoool, she formed a musical group with two of her classmates. In 2004, she was crowned Miss Combermere in a local beauty pageant, as well as performing in the 'Colours Of Combermere' school show. She received her big break aged 15, when a friend introduced her to Evan Rogers, a music producer who was on vacation on the island. Rogers and his partner, Carl Sturken recorded Rihanna's material in the U.S. and sent it to various record companies. One of these copies reached Jay-Z, who eventually signed her to his Def Jam label.
Musical Career: Rihanna has named Beyonce, Brandy Norwood and her upbringing in the Caribbean as the major influences on her music. Music Of the Sun was Rihanna's debut album, released in 2005. 'Pon de Replay' was one of the singles released from the album. The track was co-written by Rogers, Sturken and Rihanna and reached number two in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK singles chart. The album itself received platinum certification for selling over 2 million units worldwide and Rihanna promoted the album by touring as Gwen Stefani's opening act. The second single from the album, 'If It's Lovin' That You Want', was significantly less successful, reaching 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 11 in the UK charts. A third single, 'Let Me', was released in Japan only.
Less than eight months after the release of her debut album, Rihanna launched a second album, A Girl Like Me, in 2006. The album went into the U.S. charts at number five. And the main single from the track, 'SOS', was used in a Nike advertising campaign. 'SOS' became the first number one Billboard single for Rihanna. Her third top 10 U.S. hit came with 'Unfaithful', written by the R&B singer Ne-Yo, though its follow-up, 'We Ride' was less successful, which failed to chart in the Billboard Hot 100. 'Break It Off', featuring Sean Paul, was her fourth single from the album. Digital download sales helped the song jump from 52 to number 9.
Good Girl Gone Bad, her third album, was recorded with Timbaland, Ne-Yo and Stargate and released in 2007. Jay-Z and Ne-Yo also feature on the album and Justin Timberlake co-wrote 'Rehab' and sang backing vocals for the track. The album went three times platinum on the United World Albums Chart. The first single from the album, 'Umbrella', which featured Jay-Z, was a number one hit in a number of countries. In the UK, it was the longest running number one single since Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' (1994) and the longest running number one by a female artist since Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' (1992). With 8,160,000 points on the United World Chart, it was the most successful song of 2007. 'Umbrella' was followed by the singles 'Shut Up And Drive', 'Don't Stop The Music' and 'Hate That I Love You'.
In November 2009, Rihanna released her fourth album 'Rated R', which featured guest spots from Slash, will.i.am and Jeezy. The album debuted at number four in the US Billboard 200 albums charts, selling 181,000 copies in the United States in its first week, giving Rihanna her highest first-week sales in the US at that time.
Rihanna released her fifth album 'Loud' in 2010. 'Loud' debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 207,000 copies in its first week, making it her fastest selling album at the time. The album featured guests Drake and Nicki Minaj and had some of Rihanna's most popular singles, namely 'What's My Name?' and 'Only Girl (In The World)'. That year saw her first collaboration with Eminem in the smash hit 'Love the Way You Lie'.
In 2011, Rihanna followed up 'Loud' with her sixth album 'Talk That Talk', which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 198,000 copies in the United States. The album is platinum in the United States. Guest spots on this album included Jay-Z and Calvin Harris.
Rihanna's seventh album, 'Unapologetic' was released in November 2012. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 238,000 copies in its first week, giving Rihanna her first number one album in the United States and bestselling debut week of her career. Rihanna recruited previous producers, such as The-Dream, Chase & Status and David Guetta, to work with new producers such as Parker Ighile, Mike Will Made-It and Labrinth. The album has been certified platinum in the United States. The song 'Nobody's Business' caused controversy as it featured Rihanna's abusive ex-partner Chris Brown. Rihanna has received twenty-three Grammy nominations including record of the Year, Best Rap / Sung Collaboration, Best R&B performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Dance Recording. She also obtained seven Grammys including Song of the Year and Best R&B song.
Accolades attributed to Rihanna include: World's Best Selling Pop Female Artist and Entertainer of the Year at the World Music Awards, Favourite Female Artist - Soul / R&B at the American Music Awards, and best R&B song, for 'Shut Up and Drive' at the 2008 People's Choice Awards.
In 2016 Rihanna released her eighth studio album Anti in which the leading single work reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. She also announced a supporting tour for the album which see's Rihanna travelling the world.
Other Ventures: Rihanna has released five different perfumes since 2011 (Reb'l Fleur,Rebelle, Nude, Rogue and RiRi). She also announced in 2014 that she was to release an aftershave for men entitled 'Rogue Man'.
Rihanna has also collaborated with MAC cosmetics on creating her own make up line called 'RiRi hearts MAC' in 2013. She also has endorsements with Nivea, Budweiser and Kodak.
Rihanna's first television program Styled to Rock premiered in the UK in August 2012 on Sky Living. This saw numerous British designers over a ten week period compete in different challenges in order to win the prize of dressing Rihanna for one of her events.
She has also collaborated with British high street fashion brand River Island on four of their collections in 2013. In 2014 Rihanna announced that she was to become the creative director of the fashion sportswear Puma overseeing the brand's women's clothing range. In the following year (2015) Rihanna was chosen to be the face of Dior which made her the first black woman to be the face for the company.
In 2016 Rihanna collaborated with Manolo Blahnik to create an all denim shoe collection.
Personal Life: In 2009 it was reported that Rihanna's partner at the time, singer Chris Brown, had violently attacked her. Brown was charged for assault and making criminal threats and later pled guilty to felony assault. He was given five years' probation and a restraining order. In 2013, Rihanna admitted that she was once again in a relationship with Brown, however Brown stated that the two had broken up again in May that year. Rihanna also had a relationship with Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Matt Kemp from late 2009 to 2010. Speculation also suggested she had dated rapper Drake.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2013 Rihanna confirmed that she was dating Chris Brown once again. However in May 2013 Brown stated that the couple had broken up for the second time. In 2016 rumors emerged that Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio were dating as they have been spotted together numerous times.
Calvin Harris has expressed an interest in working with Jennifer Lopez after he approached her at her 47th birthday party over the weekend.
The 32-year-old DJ is reportedly desperate to work with the 'On the Floor' hitmaker and told her he's ''eager'' to get into the studio with her at her 47th birthday party at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas over the weekend.
A source told HollywoodLife.com: ''His main goal of the night was to talk with J.Lo and figure out how they could collab on a future song together. He knows it would be awesome and they would be able to work on it often since they are always in Vegas. He laid the foundation on setting something up and he is very eager to make it happen.''
Continue reading: Calvin Harris To Work With Jennifer Lopez
Rihanna has asked her fans to refrain from playing Pokemon at her gigs, a few days after a Beyonce fan catches someone playing the game in the front row.
Rihanna issued a warning to her fans not to play Pokemon Go during her concerts, after she spotted somebody playing the outrageously popular mobile game at a show this weekend.
“I don't want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends. I don't want to see you catching any Pokémons up in this b***h,” she said as she laid down the law to her audience at a concert in the French city of Lille on Saturday night (July 23rd), in a clip released by Pitchfork the following day.
Pokemon Go had already caused problems at music concerts in France that very week. Two nights before, a young woman was rumbled playing the game on her phone in the front row of a Beyonce concert.
Continue reading: Rihanna Orders Her Fans Not To Play Pokemon Go During Her Gigs!
The ‘Work’ singer made the announcement at Comic-Con, Friday.
Rihanna will be stepping into the shower to take on an iconic role in the fifth and final series of A&E drama ‘Bates Motel’. The singer made the announcement via video at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday, revealing she will be playing Marion Crane in a handful of episodes.
Continue reading: Rihanna Will Play Marion Crane In 'Bates Motel's' Final Season
Keys got nearly two dozen stars from music and film together for her 'We Are Here' movement clip, highlighting deaths of black civilians at the hands of police.
In a clip that debuted on Mic.com on Wednesday (July 13th), Keys and various celebs that also included Hollywood stars Taraji P. Henson, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart and music stars Common, Pink and Adam Levine, explain “23 ways you could be killed if you are black in America”.
Photos of black men and women killed on the streets by police and armed civilians come up on the screen.
It’s been rumoured that Swift and Harris wrote the track together before their break-up earlier this year.
Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s recent smash hit ‘This is What You Came For’ may have had an unlikely co-writer, the DJ’s ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift. The idea that Swift shares writing credits on the track started as a fan rumour, but now TMZ claims it’s true and may have even led to their break-up.
Beyonce's gig on Sunday and Rihanna's concert last weekend both suffered from a large number of empty seats, despite being officially sold out.
British pop fans are up in arms at the sight of two massive Wembley gigs in the space of a fortnight, from Beyonce and Rihanna, being half-empty despite ticketing outlets having officially sold out months ago – with ticket touts getting the blame.
Beyonce fans attending the second of her two gigs at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday night (July 3rd) posted pictures via social media of the scores of empty seats and spaces around the venue, despite the singer herself referencing the ‘official’ fact that the gig was sold out while she was on-stage.
While the official reason can’t be known, it seems unlikely that so many thousands simply forgot to show up, and ticket touts appear to be the main reason for the situation.
Drake has been spending a lot of time with Rihanna during the UK leg of her ‘Anti’ tour.
It looks like Rihanna and Drake’s on-again, off-again romance is definitely back on, as the two have partied together for four nights in a row in the UK. In the early hours of Saturday morning (July 2), the pair were pictured at London’s Tape nightclub together, fuelling reconciliation rumours.
Rihanna and Drake are said to be back together.
On Wednesday night Drake joined Rihanna on stage for a rendition of their hit ‘Work’, telling the crowd: “Shout out to the most beautiful, talented woman I've ever seen. She goes by the name of Rihanna ... I'm getting my heart broken.”
Residents living 10 miles away from the stadium were complaining they could hear the show.
On Wednesday night (June 29) Rihanna played Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium as part of her ‘Anti’ tour. But it seems you didn't need a ticket to enjoy the gig, as residents from up to 10 miles away took to Twitter to complain about the noise coming from the stadium.
Rihanna’s Old Trafford gig caused complaints from local residents.
One resident wrote: ‘@rihanna your awful concert disturbed most of Manchester tonight. Not all of us want to be kept awake by the noise you create. #Nuisance!’ Another said: ‘@rihanna needs to get an ASBO for the noise she's caused in Manchester tonight.’
Continue reading: Rihanna Causes A Disturbia In Manchester With Loud Old Trafford Concert
The pair have been spotted leaving the same London nightclub together in the early hours for the second night in a row.
Rihanna and Drake have fuelled rumours that they might be on the verge of getting back together, as the former lovebirds were spotted partying late into the night together in London for a second night in a row this week.
28 year old Rihanna is currently in Britain on tour, in support of her latest album Anti, and the Canadian rapper, whom she dated briefly in 2009, has joined her on-stage in a number of performances, most recently in Manchester on Wednesday night.
Rihanna and Drake performing 'Work' together
Rihanna and Drake pictured leaving Tramps nightclub in London at 4.30am seconds apart. The pair were seen out for the second night in a row following Rihanna's show in Manchester. Drake and Rihanna continue to spark dating rumours. - Thursday 30th June 2016
The Coldplay frontman also thinks she’s the Frank Sinatra of our generation.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has found a unique why to describe Rihanna’s voice, by comparing it to a ‘beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.’ Speaking to The Guardian, Martin praised the Barbadian singer’s rich vocals, saying she can turn ‘anything into gold’.
Chris Martin thinks Rihanna’s voice is like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.
“She is the Frank Sinatra of our generation. She can turn anything into gold with that voice. Here’s the thing: if you speak to a good singing teacher about great opera singers, they will talk about consistency of tone."
Date of birth
20th February, 1988
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